Even until last year, headphone makers argued that Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is an expensive feature, and thus, reserved for premium sets. But here we are in 2020 – a sudden influx of competition, and perhaps volume sales, has brought prices down.
The Sony WH-CH710N is not only more affordable than usual headphones offered by the company, it’s cheaper than its predecessor. The price for this is reduced driver size. Last year’s 700N had a 40mm driver, whereas the latest has 30mm drivers. For comparison, JBL’s similarly priced 650BTNC have 40mm drivers.
Now we could argue about the way driver size affects audio quality, but the bottomline is that Sony has tuned the drivers well, and the audio sounds right, if not exceptionally good. But audio firms have also worked really hard to ensure consumers don’t expect “mind numbingly good” audio from headphones priced sub ₹10,000.
The WH-CH710N’s audio signature is distinctly V-Shaped, which means the bass and high frequencies are elevated, while mids get recessed. Again, that’s something distinct in this price range and tried and tested among consumers. People do prefer it, and it sells.
The WH-CH710N delivers powerful bass, and a lot of details in the lower bass notes, or sub-bass as it’s called technically. There’s no distortion at high volumes either and it’s not loose bass.